Gupta, A. and Featherstone, Brid (2016) What about my dad? Black fathers and the child protection system. Critical and Radical Social Work, 4 (1). pp. 77-91. ISSN 2049-8608

This article explores social work practice with black fathers within the child protection and family court systems through the analysis of case studies involving black fathers whose children ‘nearly missed’ the chance to live with them. Drawing upon theories of social justice this paper explores the construction of black men as fathers and contextualises the discussion in relation to gender, race, poverty and immigration issues, as well as the current policy and legal context of child protection work in England. The article examines how beliefs and assumptions about black men can influence how they are constructed, and subsequent decision-making processes. The paper concludes with some suggestions for critical social work practice within a human rights and social justice framework

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